Danbury Railway Museum receives donated SW-8

Peirce Apr 1, 2002

  1. Peirce

    Peirce Passed away April 3, 2009 In Memoriam

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    On Monday, March 25, 2002, the Danbury Railway Museum received an EMD SW-8, which was donated to the museum by the Pfizer Corporation. The unit is in excellent condition and has already been put into service.

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    The arrival of the SW-8 will allow the DRM's other working power, an Alco RS-1, to be temporarily shut down for needed maintainence.
     
  2. rush2ny

    rush2ny TrainBoard Member

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    Now just as soon as Danbury gets the Roger Williams train set back, I will definately come for a visit!
    P.S. Will Danbury be leaving the SW painted for Pfizer?

    Russ
     
  3. Peirce

    Peirce Passed away April 3, 2009 In Memoriam

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    Nothing has been announced. Also, I don't know if any conditions were placed on the gift by Pfizer.

    The only history I know, so far, is that this SW-8 was first owned by Rock Island. It is quite unusual to find a locomotive of this age (built in the early 50s, I believe) that has had only two owners, and is in such good condition.

    Since this locomotive has no historic connection with the New Haven or Danbury, if there are no "strings," I would suggest it be painted in a scheme unique to the DRM. That is just my opinion, nothing official.
     
  4. rush2ny

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    That would put me in a split. Yes, it would look cool in it's own unique "Danbury" scheme but it would also look cool in Rock Island Blue (Not Red - blah!) with a nice big R on the side.
    Please keep us informed!

    Russ
     

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